October – November 2011
In case you missed:
Michael Feinstein & Linda Eder: ‘Two for the Road’ at Feinstein’s, let me report that after an initial jarring in the physicality of this duo paired with the variations in vocal styles, it didn’t take long to get caught up in the exquisite voices, song choices and high quality performances. It was an interesting blend of Mr. Feinstein’s classic Great American Songbook crooner tones (always a joy to hear), and Ms. Eder’s more contemporary pop-country sound. The show reinforced the warm camaraderie, mutual admiration and well blended harmonies of these two awesome performers.
Howard McGillin was all about romance at his Algonquin Supper Club Oak Room debut
The record setting Phantom in Phantom of the Opera surely made hearts beat a little faster and ladies sigh as his rich tenor vocals clarified the meaning of “Isn’t It Romantic,” the title of his show.
Elaine Stritch was still singin’ Sondheim at the Carlyle – Why Not? This 86 year old veteran actress keeps coming up with new surprises. The sleek leggy icon, clad in her uniform of tights and long man-tailored silk shirt, was all about being in the moment. Ms. Stritch has and continues to be hell bent on engaging her audiences with a feistiness and authoritative willpower that says “I’m Still Here” so you better pay attention. And we do, we do! She’s a tough cookie, both philosophical and belligerent, always raising the bar in the art of storytelling.
And now on to what’s new and about to happen in October & November:
It’s not too late to get tickets to The Mabel Mercer Foundation 22nd New York
Cabaret Convention, Rose Theatre, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. The dates are October 20, 21, 22. Gala Opening Night presents The Mabel Mercer Award, The Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence in Cabaret and a remembrance of Cynthia Chisholm Saint-Amand; October 21st is a Tribute to and Presentation of the Margaret Whiting Award hosted by Andrea Marcovicci; October 22nd “Stars are Bright on a Saturday Night” presents The Noel Coward and Julie Wilson Awards. Each evening features the best of cabaret’s talented performers. – 40 performers in 3 nights! Tickets: www.mabelmercer.org or 212 980-3026
Feinstein’s at the Loew’s Regency 212 339-4095 www.feinsteinsattheregency.com October – Betty Buckley, Eddie Bruce, Cristina Fontanelli, John Tarangelo, Bette Sussman & Elaine Caswell, Colleen Zank, Caroline Jones, Scott Siegel’s 11o’clock numbers at 11 o’clock, Magical Nights. November – Marilyn Maye, Gianni Russo, Joanne Tatham, Bebe Neuwirth, Julie Reyburn, Michael Feinstein & Barbara Cook
The Algonquin’s Oak Room Supper Club 212 419-9331 www.algonquinhotel.com Karen Akers. November – Sandy Stewart & Bill Charlap, Andrea Marcovicci.
Barbara Carroll Sunday Jazz Brunch
Café Carlyle 212 744-1600 www.thecarlyle.com Clint Holmes ‘Remembering Bobby Short’. November – John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey; Woody Allen & The Eddy Davis new Orleans Jazz Band (Monday nites); Bemelman’s Bar: Earl Rose Trio, Chris Gillespie, Loston Harris Trio
Laurie Beechman 212 695-6909 www.beechmantheatre.com Eric Michael Gillett in Cast of Thousands, Simply Barbra, Sondheim Unplugged, Le Scandal Cabaret, Side by Side by Sondheim, Dina Martin, Bianca Lee, Maryann Kyle, Jackie Draper, Carole Demas, Jason Graae, Terry Ralston, Lucio less Cuban, Matt Macis, John Mendiola, Miss Coco, Michael Pesce, Pump Boys & Dinettes. November – Marquee Five, Sandy Bainur, Sarah Dash, Beth Holland, Cookie Roberts.
The Metropolitan Room 212 206-0440 www.metropolitanroom.com Annie Ross, MetroJam, Kelly Suttenfield, Jamie deRoy & Friends, Kelley Lynn, Craig Pomeranz, Dennis Livingston, Gary Culman, Marcus Simeone, Kathleen France, Julie Holtzman, T. Oliver Reid, Broadway on 22nd Street, Jillian Laurain, Anastasia Barzee, Barb Jungr, Sue Mathys, Amanda McBroom. November – Yvonne Constant, Gregory Nalbone, Floanne, David Norwood.
Don’t Tell Mama 212 757-0788 www.donttellmamanyc.com Debra Vogel, Caroline Ferenczi, Dean Benner, Marti Wheat, Mary Foster Conklin & John DiPinto, Tanya Moberly,Kim Grogg, Helen Klass, Dawn Derow/Sean Harkness, Patricia Fitzpatrick, Joe Dreyer & Rosemary Watts, Reagan Stone, Music of Michael Finkle, Rosemary Loar, Sue Hodgeden, Kenneth Gartiman, Crabe House Musical, Joan Jaffee, Josh Talley, Joyce Lyons, Judy Garland/Liza Minelli Live, Hole-O-Matic, Zachary James, David Meaulemans, Perry Balin. November – Marnie Klar, Janet Harriton, Champagne Pam, Bille Roe, Lynly Forrest, Shannon Daren, Nancy Weiss, Joel Harrington, Nicolas King, Mandy Brown, Jana Martinez, Victor Neufeld, Perry Balin, Peter Ianniello, Sandy Bene, Rhonda Liss, Cabaret Hotline Concert, Sheryl Spanier, Joan Levine, Charles West, Sally Darling, Lucille Karr-Kaffashan, Vickie Phillips, Nesha Ward, Angela Schultz, Minda Larsen.
Birdland Jazz Club 212 581-3080 www.birdlandjazz.com Jim Caruso’s Cast Party -Monday evenings Broadway Series: Charles Osgood Columbus Day Special, Maureen Brennan & George Dvorsky, Colleen McHugh, Songs of Scott Evan Davis. The Birdland Big Band, Louis Armstrong Centennial Band, Kurt Elling w/Klivers Big Band, James Carter Organ Trio, Nicholas Payton, Arturo O’Farrill Afro-Latin . November – Django Reinhardt, Maureen McGovern, Jim Hall Quartet.
Edison Ballroom 240 West 47th Street 212 201-7650. www.edisonballroom.com and Joe Battaglia Big Band dining, dancing. *check for specific dates
Other venues to check out include: Iridium Jazz Club 212 582-2121 www.iridiumjazzclub.com ; The Duplex on Christopher Street, 212 255-5438 www.theduplex.com ; Caroline’s Comedy Club 212 757-4100 www.carolines.com
Dana Lorge hosts Wednesday evening’s weekly variety show at Iguana, West 54th St., 212 765-5454, 718 482-0412
The Salon, weekly Sunday evening Open Mic, with a different theme, is hosted by Mark Janas, at Etcetera, Etcetera, West 44th St. 212 244-4408 www.etcrestaurant.com
See you in Cabaret Land! For more reviews please read my column at www.t2conline.com Theater reviews: www.Examiner.com
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